-from Bob Hough
Showing no signs of rust after returning from a five-year hiatus, Three Rivers Conference play began in earnest Saturday night as the Gannon Golden Knights used a 5-1 face-off advantage from Ivan Stapchuck to pull away and upset #5 IUP after the Knights and Hawks were deadlocked at 2 apiece.
August Snyder and Jason Reber each recorded two goals and an assist to lead Gannon University to a 10-6 victory over Indiana University of Pennsylvania at the Gannon Indoor Recreation Fieldhouse.
Trey Hall, moving from defense to goal, had 21 saves for Gannon as the nationally-ranked IUP powerhouse offense could not find an answer for the savvy starting net-minder. Luke Parry added two goals as Gannon successfully opened their home season since shutting down the program in 2015. “This first victory is exciting for our whole team and University community as we look to bring Men’s Club Lacrosse back on campus this semester” stated Captain and Club President Erek Iwanenko. “We hope to build on this momentum in future games this season.”
Joseph Molea forced two turnovers, Reber and Kevin Paton each scooped up four ground balls as the defense settled down from an early 2-2 tie to pull away for the victory.
In the earlier game of the back-to-back doubleheader for IUP in Erie, the Hawks held off fellow Three Rivers Conference foe PSU-Behrend 6-3 as the visitors were led in scoring on the day by Serafini who had four goals, while teammates Vatlana, Horan, Fedak, E. Bray, Schaffhauser, Dreibelbis and Reimold all had one. In the net, Blakesleed held his own with 18 saves throughout both games.
Gannon looks to continue their winning ways on March 15th, when they host Slipper Rock.